I buy tires more often than anyone I know. How can I get them to last longer?
That’s a great question as most people prefer not to spend money on tires. I’ve said it so often, brakes and tires are the most important safety measures in your vehicle. Most people are surprised to learn that 200 people die each year in tire-related crashes and there are approximately 11,000 tire-related accidents annually, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Therefore, if your tires are not properly inflated or they are worn, be sure to have them checked for your safety and the safety of others on the road.
While we had a mild winter, there are still numerous potholes on the roads. According to AAA, American drivers incurred $15 billion in a year to repair vehicle and tire damage caused by potholes. The average cost of pothole damage is $300 in vehicle repairs.
Here are important tips to make your tires last longer:
1. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Look at the door jamb for proper level. Spring and fall psi varies from winter and autumn psi. Tire pressure rise or fall about 1 psi for every 10 degrees the weather changes. Since 2008, all vehicles are equipped with a sensor to detect if the tires are properly inflated. (The symbol looks like brackets or parentheses with an exclamation point in the middle.) However, the monitor only comes on if the pressure dropped 25% or more below the recommended level. That’s why you should check your tire pressure whether the light has come on or not at least at every oil change. If you check your own pressure, be sure to do it when the tires are cool. Our You Tube video will show you how to use the tire gauge.
2. Avoid potholes whenever possible. If you cannot move over, slow down to an extremely slow speed. Don’t swerve to avoid a pothole if there is a possibility you could cause an accident.
3. Be certain your tires have proper tread depth. If you bring your vehicle to Jaffarian Service, we will inspect your tires and be certain the inflation is accurate and the tread depth is adequate. If it is not, you will not pass your state inspection. Then it’s time to replace them. Tires are measured in 32nds of an inch. Tires with just 2/32 less of tread depth are completely worn out.
4. Be sure your spare tire is in the trunk and properly inflated. Should you need to put it on, drive at lower speeds and as low mileage as possible. It really is a temporary solution. Buy a new full size tire as soon as possible.
5. Stick with your standard size tires recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t buy larger or smaller tires. The wrong tire size can throw off other readings such as your speedometer and will affect performance.
6. Buy tires that will last as long as you may have your vehicle or you will need to replace them. Tires are sold for 40,000 or 60,000 miles, for example. If you want to spend less for a 40,000 mile-tire; don’t think you’ll keep them for 60,000. There is a difference in tire quality; event those with the same brand name on the tire! Buyer beware!
7. Don’t drive aggressively. Slamming on the brakes – or pulling out quickly – is a sure way to wear them out faster.
8. If you drive an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle, replace all four tires at the same time. If you drive a front or rear-wheel drive, it is okay to replace the tires as needed, one or two at a time.
9. Rotate your tires regularly. If you are one of our customers, we maintain your vehicle records and our service advisors will recommend a tire rotation to promote consistent wear. Tires should be rotated every six months and every 6-8,000 miles.
10. When tires are fitted to wheels at the point of sale, they are measured on a balancing machine. After the sale, tires may be rebalanced if you perceive excessive vibration.
Please watch this You Tube video to help you evaluate whether or not you need new tires. All of us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota want to help you to stay safe by maintaining your vehicle. Stop by and let us inspect your tires. Be sure to check out our service and parts specials on line.